Premier League Preview: Gameweek 147 min read
A rare full Premier League midweek programme and I collected all my tips from the King Power Stadium to the Emirates.
Brighton v Crystal Palace
Brighton were, arguably, unlucky not to get a point at Old Trafford on Saturday while Palace grabbed a much-needed win courtesy of their first 90th minute winner at home in the Premier League since 1998.
The Eagles remain at the foot of the table, but they are back in touch with the rest of the pack and I think they can take a point at the Amex against Chris Hughton’s hard-working side.
Tip: Game to finish in a 1-1 draw at
Leicester v Tottenham
More PL Wembley woes for Spurs at the weekend and they have dropped as many points at home so far this season (9) as they did in the last 23 games played at White Hart Lane.
I thought Leicester did well at West Ham on Friday and they can give anyone a game at the King Power, but Spurs are an outstanding side on the road and can get back to winning ways in a game where I expect to see goals.
Tip: Spurs to win and both teams to score at
Watford v Manchester United
Watford continue to improve and this will be a real test of United’s title credentials despite the fact that the Hornets were beaten 6-0 at home by City earlier in the season. Marco Silva’s side were good value for all three points at St James’s Park on Saturday and I can see them picking up a point against a United side who were not at their best against Brighton at the weekend.
Tip: Game to finish in a scoring draw at
West Brom v Newcastle
Managerless Albion picked up a valuable point at Wembley on Saturday and Newcastle will want to arrest their current slide midweek. Alan Pardew appears to be on the brink of taking over at the Hawthorns (1/6 at the time of writing) and it is fascinating that the Baggies next two games are against Newcastle and Palace – both clubs previously managed by Pardew.
I can’t split the sides and expect them to share the spoils.
Tip: Game to finish in a draw at
Arsenal v Huddersfield
Arsenal scored a last minute winner against Burnley on Sunday – their third successive 1-0 win against the Clarets with all three goals scored in stoppage time.
Huddersfield defended admirably for much of the game against City at the John Smith’s Stadium later in the afternoon, but eventually had nothing to show for their efforts and I can’t see them causing a shock at the Emirates.
Tip: Arsenal to win to nil at
Bournemouth v Burnley
Bournemouth have kept three successive clean sheets in the PL and it is hard to see many goals at the Vitality Stadium midweek given Burnley’s improved away form in the PL this term.
If there is to be a winner, I think the Cherries might shade it although goals are likely to be at a premium.
Tip: Under 2.5 goals at
Chelsea v Swansea
Chelsea played well at Anfield in a quality game on Saturday and deserved their point irrespective of whether Willian’s cross-cum-shot, which earned the Blues a point, was fortunate or not.
Swansea recorded just one shot on target at home to Bournemouth at the weekend and they will do well to get something at Stamford Bridge with the champions and especially Eden Hazard in such good form, of late.
Tip: Eden Hazard to score at anytime at
Everton v West Ham
Everton have not kept a clean sheet since the opening game of the season and things go from bad to worse for caretaker boss David Unsworth, given he will be without first-choice defenders Leighton Baines and Michael Keane for the visit of West Ham.
David Moyes will be well aware this is a good opportunity to put one over his old club, but his Hammers’ side have their own troubles and it promises to be a tense, nervous evening at Goodison – I expect to see goals.
Tip: Over 2.5 goals at
Manchester City v Southampton
For all City’s wonderful attacking football so far this term it should also be noted they have also scored late winning goals at both Bournemouth and Huddersfield already this season.
This suggests for all their pace and flair this current City side have the drive and fight needed to be crowned champions. Southampton picked up a comfortable three points at the weekend, but are likely to find the league leaders a different proposition to Everton.
Tip: City -2 on the handicap at
Stoke City v Liverpool
Liverpool cannot afford to slip up against a Stoke side who have conceded on average two goals per game in the Premier League so far this term. I expect Sadio Mane to return to the Reds’ starting XI, having been rested against Chelsea at the weekend, and Jurgen Klopp’s side can edge what promises to be terrific game in the Potteries.
Tip: Sadio Mane to score anytime at
Midweek treble: Chelsea, Arsenal and Spurs all to win at